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Poster: light into ashes Date: Sep 2, 2009 12:15pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Some '76 help

You have been listening!

I must add one highlight, though - the 6/19/76 Playing - it's like a flashback to '74; I preferred it to the Playings of (from memory) 6/4 and 6/10, which kind of dissolved.

Anyway, '76 is a unique year with some sweet playing, unpredictable sets, standout Slipknots, and a bunch of little out-of-nowhere jams. For these things, I prefer it to '77....
With '77 we get the consistent sets, the 'bigger' sound, and of course some nice new songs....but I think the Dead also get more rigid in their style, less willing to jam outside the song format. Could be any number of reasons for this - people talk about the 'two drummers' but I'm not so sure. (Those July '76 Orpheum shows with their zigzag go-anywhere jams also had two drummers.) May be a combination of the Terrapin recording process, new tones & equipment that influenced the playing, a desire to 'rock out' more, or a decision to have less far-out jamming (like in 1980, too).

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Poster: deadmax Date: Sep 2, 2009 4:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Some '76 help

You are right about the PITB from 6/19. Someone on the archive called it Dark Star-ish and it is that indeed. It goes places seemingly for no reason and leaves the whole theme of Playin behind while it skates among the comets and cosmic dust then comes on home. Good Call.

I'm preferring 76 but I will always love 77. Of course there are reasons to like every year and the music is, well, the music and it must stand on it's on for its artistic merit for what they were trying to do that night. I think they try to do lots of different things in 76 that don't make their way to 77.

Don't get me started on 74 though.

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Poster: dilcurrie Date: Sep 2, 2009 4:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Some '76 help

the music evolved, and we evolve, sometimes certain years or eras seem more appropriate than others, though we all have favourite years no one would completely dismiss the other 29...

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